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14th December 2022. Volume 12, Issue 2

over 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

​We have recently added a Training section on the Rail Personnel website where we are featuring Training Partners from around the world as are relevant to the rail industry. Visit to see the latest updates, training programmes, solutions and calendars from renowned organisations such as the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), the UITP Academy and the Real Serious Games (RSG) Rail Training Solutions with more Training Partners to follow.

​David Hyland recently attended Aus Rail in Brisbane and about this event, he had this to say:

With over 2,500 visitors to the AusRAIL 2022 Conference and Exhibition showcasing more than 90 suppliers at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre I found there were plenty of opportunities to network, discuss and engage on the latest issues facing the rail industry and to see what innovative ideas and products were available. In addition the Conference program featured a huge line up of over 100 speakers representing industry leaders overseeing public transport services, freight operations, manufacturing and supply chain providing information to delegates on what is being done in Australia and around the world. This year there was also a number of booths where visitors could participate with the option to have your photo done by a professional photographer or drive a train or enjoy a virtual reality experience. Well worth attending.

​And it's a bumper week for Jobs of the Week this week. In Malaysia, we are looking for a Senior Planner (Rolling Stock) and a Senior Manager, Planning for the LRT3 Project. In New Zealand, we are looking for a Control Systems Technical Lead and a Principal Advisor, Rail Operations to work in Wellington. And in Brisbane, Australia, we are looking for a Principal Signalling Engineer Onboard, Principal Systems Engineer and a Contract Administrator.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week

Senior Planner, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Job ID#: 13586

Discipline: Planner

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is Malaysia-based rolling stock manufacturer and maintenance service provider with its own internationally certified electric train manufacturing facility. The facility is the only facility outside Europe to have been certified by Siemens.

They are looking for a senior planner to be based at their depot at Raza who will be responsible for the development, review and coordination of the production of vehicles for both Metros and Monorails and the day to day management co-ordination of the testing team to provide status and planning information to the management team.

Company will provide accommodation and good salary for the right person.


Job Requirements

- minimum 10 years microsoft project and primavera experience

- minimum 10 years experience with rolling stock or production line processes

- have done production recovery strategies material wharehouse coordination

Contact: David Hyland (

Senior Manager, Planning, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Job ID#: 13496

Discipline: Planning

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a Senior Manager Planning to be responsible for the management of project control and planning activities in the design, construction, testing and commissioning of the LRT3 system to meet the overall objectives of the company to deliver a fully commissioned LRT system in compliance to the Employer"s Requirements, industry standards, consultants" specifications, the Employer"s expectations, safely, on time and at the right quality, The person will be based Vivo 9 Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur (HQ for Setia Utama LRT 3) and will report to the Project Director

Your main duties and responsibilities will be to

1. Oversee the recruitment, employment, evaluation, and release of staff and contract personnel.

2. Supervise all organization staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff

3. Develop organization-wide or department-wide goals, objectives, policies and procedures

4. Prepare division/department/organization operations budget

5. Ensure that the Board of Trustees is kept fully informed on the condition of the agency and about any

trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the agency's success

6. Report events and activities to senior management and elected and appointed officials

7. Implement General Plan or other planning projects

8. Review all departmental reports and presentations

9. Evaluate planning-related legislation and applicability to department projects

10. Evaluate proposals to local governments for organization's planning consulting services

11. Attend substantial number of evening and weekend meetings.


Job Requirements

1. Degree or equivalent qualification in Engineering / Construction Management;

2. At least 15 years of experience working as a planning and control or equivalent;

3. At least 10 years of experience working on railway related projects;

4. General knowledge of Railway System disciplines, knowledge of major aspects of procurement,

construction, project controls and financials, including tracking and monitoring all financial aspects of


5. High level of proficiency in MS Office, Primavera P6 and use of software systems for Project Management;

6. Commercial and contractual awareness;

Contact: David Hyland (

​Control Systems Technical Lead, Wellington, New Zealand

Job ID#: 13628

Discipline: Systems Engineer

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Control Systems Technical Lead to provide expert technical advice to the Control Systems Integration Programme and the wider Future Rail Programme. The role supports programmes and projects to deliver high quality technical outcomes compliant with Engineering Principles and Standards to a wide range of stakeholders; that are in the best long-term interests of the company. The Technical Lead works very closely with the project managers to guide and advise on all aspects of the technical side of the projects and ensures their projects remain consistent with Engineering strategies, practices, and requirements.

The Technical Lead has the following broad responsibilities:

* Collaborate with the Control Systems Team to revise relevant Standards and Task Instructions impacted by assigned projects in line with policies set by Professional Head Control Systems.

* Ensure industry best practice is implemented for Future Rail Systems projects. This will involve leading the development of new standards for the company's Control Systems environments in collaboration with the Control Systems and ICT teams.

* Providing expert railway control systems technical advice to assigned projects.

* Conduct first line technical reviews for project designs and deliverables.

* Undertake approvals of technical deliverables and documentation as delegated by the Professional Head Control Systems.

* Ensure Control Systems approval processes are observed for all project design deliverables and associated documentation including training and user manuals.


Job Requirements:

Education: Tertiary qualification in a relevant technical discipline. E.g. BSc/BA in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field


* 10+ years technical experience in large-scale Information and Communications Technology (ICT) deployments, including data centres, data networking, cyber security, command and control systems and high availability applications

* Systems Engineering life cycle and approaches for the specification, design, integration and delivery of complex systems.

* Roles in large scale complex railway signalling and ICT projects.

* Performing formal technical reviews and approvals.

* Transitioned complex systems into BAU operational support and maintenance.

* Guiding organisations to develop and adopt technical best practices in a relevant discipline.

Contact: Renee Wade (

Principal Advisor - Rail Operations, Wellington, New Zealand

Job ID#: 13627

Discipline: Operations

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Principal Advisor - Rail Operations to assist with activities on the Wellington Metro Signalling Transformation (WMUP5).

Wellington Metro Upgrade Programme 5 is a project to develop and then deliver the modernisation of the Wellington Rail Network signalling and operational systems. The objective is to increase the capacity, resilience and safety of Wellington"s rail network so it can meet the increased demands for sustainable transport.

The Principal Advisor Rail Operations (PARO) will be the Operational subject matter expert and the party that navigates between the varied users and those delivering the project; understanding all perspectives, facilitating collaboration, balancing needs and maintaining focus on the overall vision for an operation transformed through the adoption of ETCS. This includes taking care that the interests of the final customers, passenger and freight, are also at the centre of the project. A critical key output from the work is a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) which defines the requirements for ETCS Level 2 operations.


Job Requirements:

Education: Railway operating qualifications or licences.


* 10 + years' experience.

* Relevant front line railway operating experience and qualifications.

* Ability to form a vision of the future, a 'big picture', and continue working steadily towards this, despite short term distractions, and without losing attention to detail and accuracy

* Able to form and inspire teams made up of people from different organisations, suppliers and divisions to develop and deliver objectives using influence rather than assigned authority

* Having drive and enthusiasm and the ability to positively inspire these in others

* Ability to work effectively and without detailed supervision in an ambiguous and changing environment over prolonged periods

* Ability to fit into a programme culture that is based on a constructive team effort towards solutions and achievement of the overall objective.

* Ability to handle being in the 'spot light', due to the public interest in the success of these projects.

Contact: Renee Wade (

Principal Signalling Engineer On Board, Brisbane, Australia

Job ID#: 13606

Discipline: Signalling

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of turnkey rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service and maintenance and digital technology.

They are looking for an experienced Signal Engineer to be based in Brisbane to deliver complete On-Board Signalling Design for complex Signalling Projects in accordance with Industry and Company standards and procedures.

This job is not open to overseas candidates.


- To ensure the delivery of On-Board HW and functional signalling design training documents to improve knowledge of company standard applications (e.g. ETCS, CBTC, SCMT, TVM) and platforms (e.g. ALA, DIVA, ELO) and on specific different installation conditions fro different trains (e.g. balise receiver , track circuit sensors, radio equipment and antennas).

- Ensure gathering and chairing technical reviews to detect design errors,process or tool inefficiencies and ensure the identification and monitor the implementation of corrective and improvement actions. and with reference to On-Board Signalling Design for complex Signalling projects

- Ensure the review of On-Board Signalling Design requirements allocation and gap analysis and demonstrate the compliance of configuration design documents by the traceability.

- Ensure the delivery of On-Board Signalling design in accordance with Customer requirements , industry and company standards and processes.

- Guarantee the assigned deliverables (documents and design)are produced in compliance with industry standards for rolling stock applications ( e.g. EN50155, EN50121-3-2, EN50125-11, EN61373, EN45545-2, UIC 505-1) and with Company processes and standard solutions.

- Guarantee that the On -Board Signalling technical solution is effectively communicated and defended (understand and provide reasons for technical choices in design)

- Ensure the effective interfacing and cross collaboration on On-Board signalling design related matters with other company functions involved in the project

- Ensure the execution of the Verification activities on issued documents according to the V&V plan.

- Guarantee the functional analysis of the Validation feedback and on site tests

- Cooperate with Signalling Engineering to ensure that Wayside and On-Board Design interact properly

Performance Criteria:

- Completion of the design work packages on schedule an in accordance with the planned budget

- Number of improvements or corrective actions put in place on detected errors.


Job Requirements

- Electrical, Electronic, or Computer Engineering or Information Technology Qualifications/ University Degree or Equivalent Technical Background.

- From 10 up to 15 years experience in Signalling On-Board Design.

- Value Creation, market and customer orientation.

- Excellence in achieving assigned objectives and human capital development.

- Business awareness, collaboration and international development.

- Innovation and Change Management

Contact: Renee Wade (

Contract Administrator, Brisbane, Australia

Job ID#: 13605

Discipline: Contracts

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of turnkey rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service and maintenance and digital technology.

They are looking for an experienced Contract Administrator to join their Brisbane-based project team. Working Monday to Friday on a permanent basis, you will play a fundamental role with our success on Key Projects. Experience a supportive, inclusive and passionate team culture. Utilise our latest online Learning and Development Platform to enhance your skill set.

This job is not open to overseas candidates.

Responsibilities of the Role:

* Implement/maintain high quality subcontract registers - variations/change management, correspondence, documentation and contract performance.

* Monitor and manage supplier/subcontractor"s ongoing compliance and timely performance of contractual obligations as described in Hitachi standard forms of agreement.

* Manage variation review and approval process to ensure compliance with subcontractor agreements while driving VFM outcomes for the alliance.

* Contractual/administrative support to Project Management/Delivery team.

* As a key member of the Commercial and Contracts team, actively contribute to increasing commercial acumen amongst the wider Alliance team.

* Provide contractual consultation/clarification to members of the wider Alliance team where required.

* Alliance head contract management including KPI and KRA management and Risk and Opportunity governance.

* Contribute to monthly alliance forecasting and reporting.

* Assist with monthly subcontractor progress claim workflow.

* Final account negotiation/resolution.


Job Requirements:

Desired Knowledge/ Experience:

* Experience in the railway/infrastructure industry is preferred but not essential.

* Minimum 5 years' contract admin experience, preferably working in complex technical or engineering based organisation/s.

* Applicants with transport infrastructure and/or alliance-contracting experience will be strongly preferred.

* Minimum 5 years' experience as Contracts Administrator, preferably in the rail/infrastructure/resource industry.


* Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (Degree or diploma in Construction Management/Quantity Surveying or equivalent).

Contact: Renee Wade (

WL Principal System Engineer, Brisbane, Australia

Job ID#: 13604

Discipline: Signalling

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of turnkey rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service and maintenance and digital technology.

They are looking for an experienced Systems Engineer to take on the role of WL Principal Systems Engineer to be based in Brisbane to be responsible for overall System Engineering in turnkey projects, in order to meet the requirements imposed by the various contracts either for the Tender and Backlog Projects.

This job is not open to overseas candidates.


With reference to Overall System Engineering in turnkey projects.

- Ensure the identification, management and fulfilment of the System and Functional Requirements for the entire life cycle of the project (Design and Testing).

- Ensure the identification and management of the project Interfaces among the subsystems and external interfaces according to the project scope of work.

- Ensure the delivery of the System Engineering technical documents of the project on time, on budget, on quality and the execution of the Verification activities of System integration documents, according to the V&V Plan .

- Ensure the proposal of improvements and updates of the design standards in accordance in accordance with process and technology improvements.

- Support the implementation of the adequate and effective technical solution (e.g. interfaces with customer).

- Ensure the execution of the System Engineering studies for the project (fleet sizing calculation, Operational Scenario issue).

- Ensure the timely and effective performance of System Integration tests.

Performance Criteria:

- KPI trends of the projects about Design, Commissioning (related to System Integration activities), Requirements Management & Development, Interface Management.


Job Requirements:

- Electrical, Electronic, or Computer Engineering or Information Technology Qualifications/ University Degree or Equivalent Technical Background.

- From 10 up to 15 years of Transportation System Engineering expertise.

- Value Creation, market and customer orientation.

- Excellence in achieving assigned objectives and human capital development.

- Business awareness, collaboration and international development.

- Innovation and Change Management

Contact: Renee Wade (

Rail News

14 December 2022. United States. Boston Green Line reaches Medford

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority opened the Medford branch of its Boston light rail Green Line Extension for revenue service on December 12. Several hundred travellers gathered to ride the first southbound service formed of two articulated LRVs which departed from the new terminus at 04.51, ahead of further celebrations later in the day. The GLX Phase 2 extension was formally inaugurated by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt Governor Karyn Polito with a ribbon-cutting at Medford/Tufts station attended by state Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak as well as local community representatives.

Source: Metro Report International

9 December 2022. Germany. Germany channels an additional 1 billion towards rail digitisation

The Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) and Deutsche Bahn (DB) will direct an additional 1 billion euros towards the modernisation and digitisation of the German railways. Around 2.7 billion euros is now earmarked for investment. The overarching goal of the plan is to rollout ETCS across the country. In tandem, old non-ETCS compatible interlockings will be replaced by digital ones. A uniform integrated command and control system will become the heart of the new German digital signalling system.


8 December 2022. Italy. Ticket sale starts for Italian Orient Express ‘La Dolce Vita’

As of this week, reservations can be made for a new luxury Orient Express train in Italy. From 2024, the redesigned luxury train will be back on the tracks onwards, consisting of recently discovered classic carriages from from the 1920s and 1930s. Travellers can relive the glamour of the legendary train aboard 17 original Orient Express cars dating back to the interbellum with the Orient Express ‘La Dolce Vita’. A journey aboard that train typically takes 1 night and 2 days or 2 nights and 3 days within Italy, and more for international trips.


7 December 2022. India. Siemens Wins Indian Railways’ 1200 Electric Locomotive Contract

Siemens Ltd. with a bid of Rs. 13,177 crore has emerged as the lowest bidder to manufacture, supply and maintain 1200 electric locomotives of 9000 HP (horse power) to the Indian Railways from Dahod, Gujarat. This contract is part of the Indian Railways’ electrification initiative to upgrade its electric locomotives from 6000HP to 9000HP to enhance hauling capabilities up to 4500 tonnes with an average speed of 75 km per hour.

Source: The Metro Rail Guy

7 December 2022. China. New High-Speed Rail Line Begins Operation in South China

The Nanning-Chongzuo section of Nanning-Pingxiang high-speed rail line started operation in China on 5 December. Designed for speeds of up to 250 kilometres an hour, it has reduced journey times between the two cities by approximately an hour and a half. Stretching over 200 kilometres in length, the Nanning-Pingxiang high-speed railway, located in southwest Guangxi, will connect the region’s capital, Nanning, with Pingxiang, situated at the China-Vietnam border. Construction was divided into two parts, starting in December 2018 with the 121-kilometre Naning-Chongzuo link.

Source: Railway-News